Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with several front-line workers on Sunday and thanked them for their tireless efforts to fight the second wave of the pandemic.
The Captain’s 12-year-old daughter Aditi had a brief conversation with the Prime Minister when she was talking to the Captain of the Indian Air Force, AK Patnaik. She said she was proud of her father and missed him because he spent a lot of time away from his family transporting oxygen.
“We will be able to overcome this crisis,” the class 8 student said, to which PM Modi said, “When a daughter speaks, we consider it as Goddess Saraswati speaking. And now that Aditi says we will overcome this crisis, we definitely will,” PM Modi said.
Captain Patnaik said in an interaction with the Prime Minister that the domestic oxygen transport that used to take two to three days now takes 2-3 hours to complete. International flights carrying oxygen tanks and liquid oxygen containers are also operating 24 hours a day.
Captain Patnaik said that the Indian Air Force had completed more than 1,600 sorties and more than 3,000 hours in the last month.
The Captain told Prime Minister Modi that more than 160 international missions had been completed. “The biggest thing is the job satisfaction that we are getting. It is very high, and that is what keeps us going,” Patnaik said.